Tuesday, March 29, 2022

"Leather and Lace" and Songful Style Linkup

Songful Style, a fun way to explore your closet, inspired by music.
Brought to you by Suzy - the Grey BrunetteShelbee On the Edge , Michelle - My Bijou LifeMarsha In the Middle, and me, SpyGirl.

For our this month's Songful Style post, we will be sharing outfits inspired by Leather and Lace, by Stevie Nicks and Don Henley.
no leather, no lace
just concrete

 Are you ready for my "Leather and Lace" romantic slide show?

There's a big gap in there but I worked with what I had readily available...

BTW, April's Songful Style will be "Hi-Heeled Sneakers" by Tommy Tucker.

OK, now let's party!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter
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Michele's Potpourri

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Giveaway! Two Brown Patchwork Scarves! [CLOSED]

 It's giveaway time!

A friend gave me these two scarves.
I'm simply NOT a lace person.

They are identical, except the position of the patches is reversed.
Taupe lace, and burnout velvet. Brown crushed velvet. Multicolor brocade.

I will pick two winners randomly.
a Rafflecopter giveaway 

[3.31] We have winners!
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Monday, March 14, 2022

March Songful Style Outfit Inspo Collab: Leather and Lace

Songful Style, a fun way to explore your closet, inspired by music.

"Songful Style gives you lyrics, music, video, and album artwork to inspire your fashion creativity. You may even find inspiration in a memory triggered by the selected song. It is all open to your own personal interpretation and just a fun way to discover new music and get a little bit more creative with your wardrobe." [lifted from Shelbee] 

This is a monthly link-up every last Monday of the month.
We will announce our song choice for the following month at the end of each Songful Style post. 

For our this month's Songful Style post, we will be sharing outfits inspired by Leather and Lace, by Stevie Nicks and Don Henley. See Shelbee's post for lyrics and loads of inspiration.

The Link-up Party will be posted on March 28
April's Songful Style will be "Hi-Heeled Sneakers" by Tommy Tucker.

I'm holding a giveaway of these two brown lace, brocade, and velvet patchwork scarves.
I think they have a Stevie vibe, don't you?
There will be two random winners chosen on March 31.

a Rafflecopter giveaway 

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Thursday, March 10, 2022

PATRIARCHY R.I.P., a public art exhibition on billboards


Billboard in Venice, CA, Lincoln Blvd x Marco Pl.

[text from press release]
SaveArtSpace and Pussy Riot announce their upcoming exhibition PATRIARCHY R.I.P., a public art exhibition of 10 artworks by female and LGBTQ+ artists to be presented on billboard ad spaces across 9 US states. The exhibition is curated by Pussy Riot activist Nadya Tolokonnikova to protest the gender pay gap in the art world.

SaveArtSpace put out an open call for female and LGBTQ+ artists, to submit visual artwork on topics of female and LGBTQ+ empowerment, smashing the patriarchy, and eliminating gender inequality in the distribution of capital. Art by women sells for 50% less than works by men, and female artists accounted for just 5% of all NFT art sales. In the traditional art world, female artists represent just 2% of the market. The market for work by women is still less than the total sales for Picasso alone.
Nadya Tolokonnikova selected 10 artworks to be exhibited on billboard ad spaces in New York, California, Tennessee, Nevada, Missouri, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana and Alabama.

Nadya Tolokonnikova, Curator of PATRIARCHY R.I.P. said: “Pussy Riot and SaveArtSpace curate a public art exhibition “PATRIARCHY R.I.P.”. Artworks of 10 female and LGBTQ+ artists + Pussy Riot will be erected across the US, mostly in the conservative states, where women and LGBTQ+ people need inspiration and solidarity the most. "PATRIARCHY R.I.P." celebrates the end of the domination of men over women, the premature death of the macho power.

For Pussy Riot it's always been a priority to do our statements in a manner that everyone can hear. Bringing our art to the streets and making it available for people who do not have time to go to museums.”

List of artists and their billboard locations:

Holly Silius
  • Forsyth Street & E Broadway, New York, NY
Jess Whittam
  • 15th Ave N & Church St, Nashville, TN
Van Velden Studio
  • TBA, Las Vegas, NV
Fatimazohra Serri
  • N Compton Ave & Olive St, St. Louis, MO
Aminta Paiz
  • N 3rd Ave & W Van Buren St, Phoenix, AZ
  • Marietta St NW & Parker St NW, Atlanta, GA
Autumn Breon & Michele Pred
  • Orleans Ave & N Broad St, New Orleans, LA
Niohuru X
  • TBD, Birmingham, AL
Michele Pred
  • Glendale Blvd & Silver Lake Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
  • Sunset Blvd & N Normandie Ave, Los Angeles, CA
  • TBD, Las Vegas, NV
  • Forsyth Street & E Broadway, New York, NY
  • Commerce St & Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN
  • N Ewing Ave & Olive St, St. Louis, MO
  • NW Grand Ave & W Taylor St, Phoenix, AZ
  • 11th St NW & Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA
  • St Andrew St & S Claiborne Ave, New Orleans, LA
  • Lincoln Blvd & Marco Pl, Los Angeles [Venice], CA
  • 6th Ave & Rose Ave, Los Angeles [Venice], CA
  • TBD, Birmingham, AL
  • TBD, Las Vegas, NV
  • TBD, Las Vegas, NV
If you live in one of the above locations, capture the billboard(s) and post with
#patriarchyrip and #pussyverse

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Sunday, March 6, 2022

Who Am I? An Exploration in Self Portraits

"Who are you? What is your story? Where does your perception of yourself come from? How do you view yourself versus how do you think others see you?

We are living in an age where we curate our public persona. Whether through our profile pictures, what we post on social media and how we dress in public. How does that impact who we really are? Is it a disguise or are we taking ownership of our identity?" 
-- Kristine Schomaker, from a recent call for art

This blog could be considered a self portrait!

I started SpyGirl in 2010, as part of a Journaling Challenge.
At first, I hid behind my SpyGirl persona:

Gradually, I said screw that, I want to draw fashion sketches again:
2011, for a Sketchbook Project project
(Sketched in Illustrator, painted in Photoshop. Labor intensive. See this

My sketching style evolved, digital, analog... I shifted as the mood struck me.
5/31/16, lunch break selfie sketches of the day's outfit

From the same sketchbook, that time I turned 60:

Not my first selfie nude.
That would be a painting that I no longer have. Still looking for the photo of it...

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